Homs

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Homs
حمص
Ḥimṣ
Homs city landmarks
Nickname(s): The city of Ibn al-Walid
Homs is located in Syria
Homs
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°43′51″N 36°42′34″E / 34.73083°N 36.70944°E / 34.73083; 36.70944Coordinates: 34°43′51″N 36°42′34″E / 34.73083°N 36.70944°E / 34.73083; 36.70944
Country  Syria
Governorate Homs Governorate
District Homs District
Settled 2000 BCE
Government
 • Governor Ghassan Mustafa Abdul-Aal[1]
 • President of City Council Nadia Kseibi
Area
 • City 48 km2 (19 sq mi)
 • Urban 76 km2 (29 sq mi)
 • Metro 104 km2 (40 sq mi)
Elevation 501 m (1,644 ft)
Population (2004 census[2])
 • City 652,609
 • Metro 750,501
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) 31

Homs (Arabic: حمص Ḥimṣ) is the third largest city in Syria. It used to be called Emesa (Greek: Ἔμεσα, Emesa). It is the capital of both the Homs District, and the Homs Governorate. It has 652,609 people (2004). It is on the Orontes River.

Homs is home to the Al-Baath University. The university is one of four major universities in Syria.

Homs has two football clubs. The Al-Karamah Sports Club was founded in 1928 and is one the oldest sports club in Syria.[3] The Al-Karamah Sports Club has won eight Syrian League titles, and eight Syrian Cup titles.[4] The second sports club of the city is Al-Wathba Sports Club. They started in 1937. The Khaled Ibn Al Walid Stadium has a 35,000-seat capacity. The stadium is home to both football clubs.[3][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. H. Zain/ H.Said / Al-Ibrahim (21 April 2011). "President al-Assad Swears in Homs New Governor". Syrian Arab News Agency. http://www.sana.sy/eng/21/2011/04/21/342677.htm. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  2. Homs city population
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Al-Karamah Sports Club". Welt Fussball Archive. http://www.weltfussballarchiv.com/Vereinsprofilnew.php?ID=22055. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  4. Carter, 2004, p. 67.
  5. "Al-Wathba". Welt Fussball Archive. http://www.weltfussballarchiv.com/Vereinsprofilnew.php?ID=22067. Retrieved 27 February 2009.